10/12/2004 11:00PM

Next races in doubt for pair of champions


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Plans for Perfect Soul and Wando, both reigning Canadian champions, are up in the air after their most recent performances.

Perfect Soul, last year's Sovereign Award-winning turf male, was looking to use Saturday's Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland as his stepping-stone to the Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park.

But Perfect Soul failed to fire in the Shadwell, which he had won last year, finishing 11 1/2 lengths back as the seventh-place finisher in the field of nine.

"He came out of the race with a slightly elevated temperature," said trainer Roger Attfield Wednesday morning at Woodbine. "Obviously, he was off-color for the race itself. He was harboring some little thing.

"He didn't eat for three days. He just started to eat last night.

"He's sound, everything's fine. But off a race like that it would be ridiculous to go to the Breeders' Cup. It's only three weeks away."

Wando, Canada's Horse of the Year and top 3-year-old male in 2003, has had his current campaign compromised by viral and respiratory problems and made his first start in 12 weeks in an open allowance race over one mile on turf here last Monday.

Sent off as the even-money choice, Wando was prominent early but weakened to finish fifth, beaten 4 1/2 lengths.

"I was disappointed," said Mike Keogh, who trains Wando for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz. "I didn't really want to run in there. I wanted to run him in the Nearctic prep at six furlongs."

Wando had been entered in the Nearctic prep, a turf allowance here Oct. 3, but the race did not fill.

Now Keogh is undecided as to where Wando will resurface, except in general terms.

"He'll go back to the dirt," said Keogh.

Wando has been nominated to Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Durham Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, and to the Grade 2, $250,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf race here Oct. 24.

The Keogh stable still could be represented in both events, with Mobil on target for the Durham Cup and Hour of Justice a possibility for the Nearctic.

Coronation next for Dance With Ravens

Dance With Ravens became the latest stakes winner from Sam-Son Farm,capturing last Monday's $261,750 Grey over 1 1/16 miles.

A colt by A.P. Indy out of Dance Smartly, Dance With Ravens was making his third career start but was trying dirt for the first time in the Grade 2 Grey.

"The Grey was always our intention," said Frostad. "He's a big horse. Trying to get him fit was a problem."

Dance With Ravens finished third when he debuted over seven furlongs here Aug. 22, and then was a solid second behind the invader Dubleo in the one-mile Summer Stakes.

"He got nothing out of his first race," said Frostad. "He ran a great race in the Summer."

Dance With Ravens is scheduled to make his next start here Nov. 13 in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

"The Coronation fits in perfectly," said Frostad.

Dance With Ravens also was nominated to Sunday's $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds. Sam-Son and Frostad still will field a leading candidate there in Go to the Sun, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Summer.

Go to the Sun was making his third start in the Summer after graduating over seven furlongs on turf here Sept. 4.

Two get in Cup and Saucer workouts

Stag Nation and Nikey Missile, both of whom were supplemented to the Cup and Saucer at a cost of $5,000, had their final tune-ups for the race here Wednesday.

Stag Nation breezed an easy four furlongs in 52.20 seconds on the training track, while Nikey Missile worked five furlongs on the turf training course in 1:01.60.

Owned by Class Action Stable and trained by Danny Vella, Stag Nation finished fifth in the Summer but came back to capture the Cup and Saucer prep over one mile on turf.

Nikey Missile, owned by his trainer, Gil Rowntree, in partnership with Ed Lang, is a maiden after three starts but was a good second over six furlongs of turf here Aug. 28.

Wake at Noon in allowance

Wake at Noon will be making his second start on the comeback trail here in Friday's feature, a $76,100 6 1/2-furlong money allowance which has attracted six horses.

Canada's Horse of the Year in 2002, Wake at Noon stood at stud this past winter and was third in his recent return to action.

His opponents Friday include the local stakes sprinters Twisted Wit and Krz Ruckus, plus an interesting pair of newcomers from Western Canada in Sixthirtyjoe and Northern Affair.

Montpellier has new agent

Jockey agent Greg Broadhurst has taken over the book of journeyman Constant Montpellier.

Broadhurst also represents apprentice jockey Jillian Scharfstein, who will lose her weight allowance Nov. 11.

Scharfstein has the mount on Norfolk Knight for the Durham Cup and on Millfleet for Wednesday's $125,000 Deputy Minister, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Both Norfolk Knight and Millfleet are owned by Margaret Squires and trained by Hugo Dittfach.